Equinix seals partnership with Alibaba Cloud

13 June 2017 | Jason McGee-Abe


Equinix has today announced a collaboration which will see it provide enterprises with direct, scalable access to Alibaba Cloud via the Equinix Cloud Exchange in multiple markets across EMEA APAC and the Americas.

The global interconnection and data centre company’s International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre locations for the rollout are in Hong Kong, Silicon Valley, Sydney, and Washington DC, with Frankfurt and London to be added soon.

“As one of the world’s leading and fastest growing cloud computing companies, Alibaba Cloud represents a significant partnership for Equinix as we continue to empower businesses around the globe to build secure, private clouds, without compromising network and application performance,” said Greg Adgate, vice president of global technology partners and alliances of Equinix.

“We are thrilled to offer direct access in markets across the US, Asia and Europe, and look forward to bringing additional markets online in the near future.”

With the addition of direct access to Alibaba Cloud on Cloud Exchange in these new markets, Equinix now offers private access to Alibaba Cloud in six markets. The company previously offered access in its Singapore IBX. Equinix also recently announced Alibaba Cloud is a colocation customer in Sydney and Dubai with Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company PJSC (du).

Access to the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group is critical for multinational customers looking to expand their cloud-based applications into this growing region in a secure and high-performing manner. By providing multi-national enterprise customers with secure and direct access to Alibaba Cloud, Equinix delivers connectivity to the full suite of Alibaba cloud services to enterprises. Furthermore, Alibaba Cloud Express Connect enables companies to leverage the extensive Alibaba Cloud network in mainland China.  

Yeming Wang, deputy general manager of Alibaba Cloud Global, added: “The global reach of Equinix Cloud Exchange makes it simple for Alibaba Cloud to access new markets. We are pleased to provide greater value and bring our services closer to enterprises by leveraging Equinix’s powerful, on-demand cloud connectivity, and in particular to provide greater connectivity to the Chinese market.”

The cloud computing market continues to grow rapidly in Asia, and specifically China. According to the US International Trade Administration, the Chinese cloud market is expected to grow at 40% per year through 2020, reaching $20 billion.

The Equinix Cloud Exchange, which offers direct and private access to multiple cloud service providers, is currently available in 21 markets globally.